Astilbe chinensis 'Milk and Honey'

Milk and Honey Astilbe: Patent PPAF

Categories: Herbaceous Perennial

Its white plumes take on a pink blush, flowering for weeks in mid to late summer. Fragrant plants grow 30" tall and spread 18-20" wide

More About Astilbe chinensis 'Milk and Honey'

  • Creamy white plumes turn light pink as they age
  • Bushy slightly marbled green and silver foliage
  • Strong grower; blooms prolifically

Looks spectacular when planted en-mass. The foliage is bushy and has a silvery shade when it just appears in spring. This variety has better resistance against drought (compared to other Astilbes), but should still not dry out.

Milk and Honey Astilbe Growing and Maintenance Tips

Astilbes are long-lived perennials that are most comfortable when grown in rich soil and light shade to filtered sun. They will grow in full shade, but will not bloom as prolifically there. Though they are easy to grow, Astilbes have one critical requirement--lots of water. Plants must have consistently moist soil; dryness leads to a quick demise, especially in sun. Increase watering as the foliage emerges and the plumes mature. If the soil dries out, the leaves will develop brown, crispy margins and will begin to drop. Fertilize Astilbes in late spring before flowering starts. Wait to cut back the old foliage until spring; it will help protect the plant from winter damage. In the spring, if the crown has risen above soil level, gently press it back into the ground and apply some organic matter around the plant. Plants should be divided in early spring every 3-4 years to maintain vigor.

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24-30 Inches


18-20 Inches

Hardiness Zone:


Astilbe chinensis 'Milk and Honey' Characteristics


  • Dried Flower
  • Mass Plant
  • Cut Flower / or Foliage

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade Tolerant
  • Part Sun/Part Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • All Season

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average
  • Moist

Fall Color

  • Red
  • Bright Red
  • Bright yellow
  • Wine Red


  • Clumping
  • Spreading